First of all, that header pic is the one of the first images when you google “Julia Ormond Man of Steel.” It’s completely inappropriate, but I didn’t think anybody would mind. Secondofly*, well played, Messrs. Snyder and Nolan.
Deadline is reporting that the star of Smilla’s Sense of Snow seems to be signing on to Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman/Superman II remake, The Man of Steel. Though, you might have caught on to that by now. You also might recall that last week I suggested Cate Blanchett would make a suitable counterpart to Russell Crowe’s Jor-El, but Julia Ormond as Lara Lor-Van is nothing to sniff at. I’m still of the mind that it’s a thankless role, and one that doesn’t really need this caliber of actor, but I can’t exactly find fault, either. True, Ormond was really only popular in the U.S. for a couple of years in the 1990s, but she is proliferate and always excellent — usually the best thing about the movies she’s in. Plus, she’ll likely play well to the international crowd, like Audrey Tautou did for that DaVinci Code debacle.
I just find it incredibly interesting that a) this level and quantity of quality actors is going to be in a Superman movie (not to mention Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), and b) that Christopher Nolan as producer must be the main reason for all of this A-List casting craziness. I simply can not fathom the possibility that these award winning performers would be in a Zack Snyder movie, especially since most of this has been happening around/after Sucker Punch. (Literally, all four of those mentioned have won Oscars, and Amy Adams and Michael Shannon have both been nominated.) Superman sweetens the pot, absolutely, but only Nolan’s success with his Bat-Movies makes any sense as an actual motivator. Beyond paychecks, I mean, that’s always the great equalizer. Just ask Johnny Depp.
But assembling great talent doesn’t guarantee a great, or even good, movie (see: The Score). And if the new Captain America: The First Avenger trailer is any indication, you definitely do not need Academy Award winners (except Tommy Lee Jones, of course) to make what looks to be the best superhero flick of the summer. See for yourself:
Seriously. Captain America, fuck yeah!
* This is not a typo, it’s an “Arrested Development” reference. I can understand your confusion, but you can rectify that by watching one of the best TV series of all time. That’s what I call win-win-win.
Rob Payne writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the internet radio show/podcast We’re Not Fanboys, and is on Twitter @RobOfWar. He thinks it will also be very interesting to see how the seemingly awesomely jingoistic Captain America plays to the overseas crowd.